Looking to enhance STEM education and create something the community could share, the Humble Independent School District raised funds to build an onsite observatory. The modest building needed to accommodate large research-grade telescopes and open to the night sky for viewing.
A sturdy single-section retractable roof protects the high-end equipment and turns the small space into an instant wide-open observatory. Volunteers help field-tripping students from the district and local colleges look at the moon, planets, and everything in the night sky. The observatory also hosts free public viewing nights every month.